California workers who have lost their jobs may qualify for an extra boost. Anyone whose income has been affected by COVID-19 knows that finances are tight all around. California unemployment insurance is open for applications and it can give you up to $4,200 per month.

Here is how it works.

The Sacramento Bee reports that residents applying for unemployment may receive up to $450 per week from the state. 

That is $1,800 per month from the state of California alone. 

Governor Gavin Newsom also announced on April 9 that Californians who qualify for unemployment benefits may also receive an additional $600 per week from the federal government. This began on Sunday, April 12.

That is an additional $2,400 per month coming from the federal government. Qualifying recipients can receive up to $4,200 per month in unemployment. 

If you are eligible, you can apply online and find out all the details about the program through the state's website.

Applying online is the fastest way to get your claim processed, said Department spokesperson Loree Levy. "Most people do not need to call to get (an unemployment) claim going."

She went on to say, "Going to our (unemployment) online system that we have listed on our Coronavirus webpage is by far the best option to help us get claims processed as fast as possible, and it can be done through a mobile phone not just a computer."

This extra assistance is part of the federal government's $2.2 trillion economic aid plan, created to ease the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

The California Employment Development Department said it could take at least three weeks for recipients to receive the aid after applying.

The website provides access to helpful information including FAQs and how to file a claim. You will be walked through the entire process from start to finish.

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